Here we Go Again? Another Enron?

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Short-seller and hedge fund manager, Jim Chanos, contends that the Alibaba Group is as problematic in its accounting positions as the now-defunct, corrupt energy giant, Enron. Questions: 1. What part of the company’s operations are most problematic and why? 2. What does cash flow have to do with this story? 3. What does Chanos claim… Read more »

Moving on up from Counterfeiting

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This article explains the latest spate of attacks on banks in Bangladesh and Southeast Asia, which security researchers say is the first time that a nation has used malicious code to steal purely for financial profit. The country is North Korea. Questions: 1. Security researchers and American government officials have tied thousands of attacks to… Read more »

Say it ain’t so, Phil.

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Professional golfer Phil Mickelson was recently named in an SEC complaint regarding insider trading information that he received from William Walters, a sports gambler. Questions: 1. During what period did the insider trading take place? 2. Phil has been named as a “relief defendant.” What does that mean? 3. What shares did Phil buy and… Read more »

A Fraud Caught by a Channel-Surfing Judge!

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Dance Moms, a show on Lifetime TV is in its 6th season. The host is Abby Lee Miller, who is facing 20 counts of fraud due to allegations that she fudged specifics when it came to a bankruptcy filing. If found guilty on all counts, Ms. Miller is facing $5 million in fines and five… Read more »

The new global business shield

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Some Chinese state-owned entities, backed by the key government agency that oversees major state industrial companies, have adopted a controversial defense when they face U.S. lawsuits – we enjoy sovereign immunity. Questions: 1. The article says that this policy is an indication of something much deeper. What is that? 2. The article mentioned Chinese audit… Read more »

Collateral damage

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The government set up an elaborate sting operation to expose a network of recruiters for visa mills. The only problem was that some students claim that they thought the “honey trap” was a legitimate organization and were duped by the U.S. government. Questions: 1. Briefly explain the sting scheme. 2. After reading the article, do… Read more »

A Good Case for Whistleblower Status?

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The executive director of an arts charity, D. Alexandra Dyer, was attacked with drain cleaner last year. On Friday, she was fired by the board of the charity, along with the financial officer who helped her unearth what the authorities have called a $750,000 embezzlement scheme. Questions: 1. What led up to the “Drano” attack?… Read more »

HUUUUGGGGGEEEEE Shift!

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In an apparent rejection of the basic principles of the U.S. economy, a Harvard University poll shows that most young people do not support capitalism. Questions: 1. What percentage supported socialism? 2. Why are the results of the survey difficult to interpret? 3. What did the survey say about health insurance? 4. What did you… Read more »

Here we Go Again! Contracts for Deed!

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In the 1930s through the 1960s, most African-Americans could not get mortgages. This was because the U.S. government deemed neighborhoods where they lived ineligible for federal mortgage insurance, which was the Depression-era innovation that made mortgages widely affordable. As a result, hucksters moved in and peddled homeownership through contracts for deed, where the home seller… Read more »

What a Heist!

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Swift — the Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication — is billed as a supersecure system that banks use to authorize payments from one account to another. However, last week, Swift announced that hackers had captured $81 million from Bangladesh’s central bank in February and that other similar heists have been attempted. Questions: 1. According… Read more »